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Happy Monday friends! I hope your day is off to a great start! Today is James’ first day of camp, so we’re back to some semblance of routine. Call me boring, but I prefer that! Without my morning routine, I’m all out of whack!
The camp is from 8:30 to 3:30 for three weeks, kind of a bummer for doing things during the day, but I know these boys will get so much out of this enrichment program. And we’re planning something special for when camp ends.
LOST PINES RECAP
A few weeks ago, we went to Hyatt Lost Pines Resort near Austin, Texas for a little summer vacay. We’ve gone there in the past and I love it for the family friendliness, tons of activities, and quickish drive. It’s only about 2 1/2 hours from Houston, so it’s pretty easy to pack up the car and get going.
We were thrilled to bring James’ friend Cooper with us. If you follow me on Stories, you’ve seen his mom Marianna around. Cooper was so funny, he kept saying he was our stowaway for the trip and he was fascinated with taking photos. I’m excited to share some of his photos here in this post and I know he’ll get a kick out of seeing them too! #thanksCooper!!
Before our trip, I hopped online at Nordstrom to order new swimsuits for the kids and let’s be honest, to see if there was anything I had to have for our trip! 😉 Of course, I found tons of cute things for them and several one pieces for me to try-on. I ended up choosing this black and white one piece. It was the cutest with the most support and felt amazing on.
I love that I can do all of our shopping in one fell swoop! In anticipation of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happening next month, all new cardholders will get a $60 Nordstrom note (to be used like cash).
You might have heard me mention this before, but every Texas road trip must include a stop at Buc-ees. They have awesome food and snacks, adorable decor, anything you might have forgotten to back, and the cleanest restrooms around.
I loved these pull-on shorts with pockets for the car ride up. They are comfy and cute and have been in full rotation since our trip!
Jordan is smitten with the Beaver! And I’m smitten with her little romper- it reminded me of one I had at her age with the rainbow stripes at the top. 😉
LOST PINES RESORT
One of the things I like best about Lost Pines is the hill country feel and relaxed vibe. It’s on 400 lush acres and has 491 rooms. Once you’re there, you never have to leave because they have several restaurants, pools, lazy river, sandy beach, golf course, spa, and loads of activities to keep you occupied.
You can also just chill out in one of the many rocking chairs or quiet areas and just enjoy the view doing nothing. Bliss!!!
As soon as we got there, we changed into swimsuits and took a trip down the lazy river.
Lost Pines has several pools, and a sandy beach where the kids can play and dig and build sand castles for hours. I appreciate that they have a shaded area there too for when you feel like you’ve had enough sun.
We ate our lunches by the pool and they have really good pina coladas too! One of my travel tips is to bring lots of snacks from home – the cost of the food can really add up at the resort, so bringing some of your own snacks helps!
This is the new swimsuit I mentioned I got. I love the black and white stripes, comfortable fit and the supportive top. The shoulder straps are removeable if you want to go bandeau style.
We went back to the room to rest for a little bit, then get cleaned up and ready for dinner and more fun.
There’s a huge open grassy area where you can sit and relax and the kids can play. They have games set up for kids of all ages and inside there’s billiards, checkers and chess.
One of my favorite things – and what freaks me out the most is the big open fire pit for making s’mores.
Can you even imagine what a sticky mess this girl was?! Sooo fun for her! 😉
MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
After you’ve enjoyed your s’mores, they set up a giant movie screen and serve popcorn so you can enjoy the movie on the lawn. We watched Spider Man and it was so good!
The next morning, we all woke up around 7am and got the day started with bike rides and more lawn games.
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They had Build-a-Buddy and the kids took turns creating their stuffed animal and customizing a shirt. I was surprised that the boys were into it, but they were!
And of course, more pool time and sand castle making.
I died over Jordan’s little flutter back swimsuit! Nordstrom had tons of cute swimsuits to choose from, so it was hard to narrow it down, but this one was so darling on her!
I switched up my swimsuit, opting for the always classic crochet swimsuit by Becca. You can’t go wrong with this one!
That afternoon, the boys went to a juggling class, then we spent a few hours in the room hanging out to rest. Then, it was back to the lawn for more playing and s’mores!
We only stayed two nights, but could have easily stayed a couple more.
Until next time Lost Pines!
Do you have any summer vacay plans? Where are you going? When I got back I was joking that this was a “kid trip” and not a vacation. It’s true that these trips are so good for having fun and memory making, but also a lot of work for the adults watching over everything! Am I right?!
Have a great week friends!